Season recap: Scuderia AlphaTauri – all Formula 1 news 2021

AlphaTauri just doesn’t manage to take fifth place in the Constructors’ Cup. Year after year, the team sets itself this goal, but it turns out to be only sixth or seventh. In 2021, despite the fast car with the best power plant and the failures of rivals, this was prevented by the unsuccessful debut of Yuki Tsunoda.

Racer
Grand Prix Place Glasses Best start Best finish
P. Gasley 22 9 110 2 3
Y. Tsunoda 22 14 32 7 4
Toro Rosso / AlphaTauri
Grand Prix Place Glasses Best start Best finish
2021 22 6 142 2 3
2020 17 7 107 4 1
2019 21 6 73 5 2
2018 21 9 33 5 4
2017 20 7 53 6 4

In many ways, the car was a copy of last year’s Red Bull, capable of winning races. They did not change the chassis, the gearbox and rear suspension also remained the same, but the aerodynamics were seriously optimized for the requirements of the updated regulations, and the conditional points were spent on revision on the nose cone and the steering system, borrowing the solutions of Red Bull Technology – the regulations allowed this.

Red Bull was pleased with the arrival of Yuki Tsunoda. The Honda protege was purposefully led into the “sister” team, not paying much attention to his results in the youth series – there would have been enough points for a super license. In 2020, Tsunoda finished third season in Formula 2, just behind the winner of the title Mick Schumacher. Everyone knew that Honda was leaving Formula 1 – and they were sure that Yuki’s invitation was part of a future deal with the minders.

Pierre Gasly became the undisputed leader of the team. A couple of years ago, no one saw him in this role, he slowly made his way through the selection of youth series and after the champion title in GP2 in 2016 was sent to the Japanese Super Formula, but Dr. Marco noticed something in him and continued to support him. However, there were no other ready candidates in his program at that moment. In 2017, the Frenchman replaced Kvyat in five stages and did not particularly shine, but he consolidated in the lineup and eventually became the mainstay of the team. This was especially noticeable last season.

Franz Toast, Team Leader: “I consider Pierre one of the strongest drivers of modern Formula 1. He is well versed in technology, knows how to get the maximum out of the car. Pierre has been on our team for a long time, familiar with our methods and procedures. We are giving the Red Bull youth program the chance to make their Formula 1 debut. Now Yuki has got such a chance, and Pierre’s experience will help him develop. “

Pierre Gasly

Gasley performed very consistently, earning points in almost all races. Alpine F1 finished fifth, 13 points short. Alpine had a much stronger line-up – Okon and Alonso, AlphaTauri – a faster car and a more powerful power plant, but Gasley’s efforts were not enough, although in the individual competition he was ahead of both Okon and Alonso

In two races during the season, the team earned more than twenty points – in Baku and Abu Dhabi, but these races developed in completely different ways.

Seastian Vettel, Pierre Vashe, Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly on the podium in Baku

In Baku, Pierre Gasly qualified perfectly, showing the fourth time, and in the race he was consistently fast and took advantage of the problems of his rivals, rising to the third step of the podium.

The final of the season in Abu Dhabi was the most productive for the team, which immediately earned 22 points. After a successful qualification, Tsunoda spent the entire race in the top ten, and finished fourth, having achieved the best result in his career, and Pierre Gasly – fifth. Despite the large number of points, the result could not influence the position in the constructors’ championship – the gap from Alpine was too great.

By the end of the season, Tsunoda got used to it, became less likely to get into accidents and sometimes even outstripped his partner. But if Gasly earned 110 points, then Yuki – the same 32 points as Daniil Kvyat in 2020, but the Russian needed 17 Grand Prix, and the Japanese – 22. Only the last race of the season saved Yuki, which brought 12 points, otherwise the debut could have been would be considered a failure.

The next season Tsunoda will again spend in AlphaTauri, but if he does not find a real opportunity to add, his future in Formula 1 seems vague.

Well, Gasley, if he performs as well in 2022, in a year he may well return to Red Bull Racing, unlike the one invited by Sergio Perez, he is a real graduate of the Dr. Marco program.


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